I am born in Germany and live currently in Washington DC. Originally I studied Fashion Design in Milan and worked for many years in the industry. In 2004 I became a full time photographer working primarily in Latin America and Asia.  

My emphasis lies on communities, with the focus at human, social and environmental issues. I am looking for an intuitive moment, if I photograph and wait till I can capture the right moment and the light, which plays an important role in my works as it is merely in black and white. I am interested in little things more than in the whole picture, and often wander off the beaten path to find the unexpected.

In 2008 the David M. Rubenstein 'Rare Book, Manuscript and Special Collections Library' started acquiring my work for the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.
I took part in workshops with Anders Peterson, Ron Haviv, Antonin Kratochvil and Gary Knight.
My work has been shown at the Biennale in Venice, the Centro Colombo Americano in Medellin, the Climate Change Summit COP21 in Paris, the OAS with the Collaboration of the IACHR Inter-American Commission of Human Rights and the Center of Human Rights of Duke University, at Duke University, at WOLA Washington Office for Latin America and the Haitian Heritage Museum in Miami.


2017 CENTER Santa Fe,Centers Juror's Choice Award

2016 Beth Block Honoraria, Houston Center for Photography

IPA 2015 First Prize, Editorial/Political

PX3 Prix de la Photography de Paris 2015, Gold or the category Nature

PX3 Prix de la Photography de Paris 2015, Bronze for the category Press

PX3 Prix de la Photography de Paris 2011 – 2015 Honorable mention

One Shot 2015, Honorable Mention for ‘ That’s my home’ and  ‘Asylum’

PX3 Prix de la Photography de Paris 2013, Gold for the category Press

PX3 Prix de la Photography de Paris 2013, Silver for the category Press

IPA Honorable Mention 2015 and 2011

PX3 Prix de la Photography de Paris 2011, Silver for the category Travel 

PX3 Prix de la Photography de Paris 2011, Bronze for the Feature Story 

PX3 Prix de la Photography de Paris 2011, Bronze for the press category 

IPA 2008, 3rd place people

Px3 Prix de la Photography de Paris 2007, Exhibition Winner 

Golden Light Award, 2006 

Marcel Bardon Memorial Award 2005 


Biennale Venice 5-11/2019 Palazzo Mora 

Climate Change exhibition, originally curated for the UN COP21 summit in Paris, Bangkok, Arts and Culture Center, in collaboration with the Royal Photographic Society of Thailand, 6/2018 - 7/2018

Biennale Venice 5-11/2017 Palazzo Mora

Galleria de Arte Colombo Americano, Medellin Colombia 9/2017 – 10/2017

Duke University, Rubinstein Library  8/2017 – 10/2017 The Backpackers

Ragusa Foto Festival, Sicily, Italy 6/2017 – 7/2017

MOPLA Photo Book Exhibition Los Angeles 2017 The Backpackers

C40 Mayors Summit 2016, Mexico City Chapultepec Parc 11/2016 – 1/2017

Houston Center for Photography, 34thAnnual Juried Membership Exhibition 

Climate Change Summit COP21, Paris 2015

The New American Garden, National Building Museum, Washington 10/15-01/16

One Shot Group exhibit, The Loft at Liz’s LA 4/2015

Chernobyl, Antonin Kratochvil and Workshops, Manes Gallery, Prague 

'al margen', Durham NC, Duke University Special Collection Gallery, Friedle Gallery, Latin America and the Caribbean 1/17 – 5/1/2011

‘al margen', Washington DC, OAS Organization of the American States and IACHR Inter-American Center of Human Rights, 11/18 - 01/8/2011

Shaken, Miami, Haitian Heritage Museum, 05/10 – 06/10

El Salvador, WOLA Washington DC 4/1/08 -6/30/08

FotoViajeros, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC, 1/16/08 2/10/08


  • http://lenscratch.com/2017/06/centers-project-launch-jurors-choice-award-petra-barth/
  • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/petra-barth-photographs-the-deported-backpackers_us_58fa5f51e4b0f02c3870e9c2
  • https://www.ai-ap.com/publications/article/21033/photographer-profile-petra-barth-i-hope-to-cr.html
  • http://www.ai-ap.com/publications/dispatches-from-latin-america/2017/02/
  • https://www.lensculture.com/articles/petra-barth-the-backpackers-los-mochileros
  • http://www.monthofphotography.com/mopla-photo-book-exhibition
  • http://www.luciefoundation.org/programs/c40-mayors-summit-mexico-city/
  • http://www.hcponline.org/exhibits/exhibitions/view/109/34th-annual-juried-membership-exhibition
  • http://bookarts.us/Finelimitededitionbookbinding.html
  • http://www.luciefoundation.org/programs/cop21/
  • http://www.houstonpress.com/arts/dystopian-spaces-and-societal-woes-inform-hcps-juried-membership-exhibit-8593460
  • http://tclf.org/sites/default/files/microsites/new-american-garden/sorg-residence.html
  • http://tclf.org/sites/default/files/microsites/new-american-garden/OvSGalleryGuide_2015_download.pdf
  • http://www.stinehoureditions.com/book-design/
  • http://www.blurb.com/b/6217846-walking-on-water
  • http://www.monthofphotography.com/events/oneshot
  • Catholicism at Crossroads: Reactions to Evangelism is Guatemala
  • http://shaken.untecho.org/about/
  • http://heyevent.com/event/1545649989040364/documentary-screening-clarksdale-mississippi
  • Brazil's gritty favelas through the eyes of Petra Barth
  • http://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/findingaids/barthpetra/
  • http://ms-modern.com/art/barefoot-workshops-photography-film-screening/
  • TECHO works to overcome poverty in slums.
  • http://haitianheritagemuseum.org/exhibit.html


David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Private Colletion


  • Climate Smart Evolution
  • lenscratch 6/2017
  • AI-AP ProPhotoDaily
  • lensculture 1/2017
  • The Backpackers/ Edition of 300
  • The Backpackers/ Los Mochileros Limited Edition 2016, Book Arts Limited US
  • The New American Garden
  • Walking on Water 2015
  • Mesoamerica, Stinehoureditions 2007
  • Human Conditions Catalog 2007